Beckett, Samuel - Endgame

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Endgame

Endgame

A PLAY IN ONE ACT

A PLAY IN ONE ACT

By

By

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

 Bare interior.  Bare interior. Grey Light. Grey Light.

 Left and right back, high up, two small windows, curtains drawn.  Left and right back, high up, two small windows, curtains drawn.

 Front right, a door. Hanging near door, its face to wall, a picture.  Front right, a door. Hanging near door, its face to wall, a picture.

 Front left, touching each other, covered with an old sheet, two ashbins.  Front left, touching each other, covered with an old sheet, two ashbins.

Center, in an armchair on castors, covered

Center, in an armchair on castors, covered with an old sheet, Hamm.with an old sheet, Hamm.

 otionless by the door, his eyes fi!ed on Hamm, Clov. "ery red face.  otionless by the door, his eyes fi!ed on Hamm, Clov. "ery red face.

 Brief tableau.  Brief tableau.

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Clov goes and stands under window

Clov goes and stands under window left. #tiff, staggering walk. He looks up at window left. #tiff, staggering walk. He looks up at window left. Heleft. He turns and looks at window right. He goes and stands under window right. He looks up at window turns and looks at window right. He goes and stands under window right. He looks up at window right. He turns and looks at window left. He

right. He turns and looks at window left. He goes out, comes back goes out, comes back immediately with a small step$immediately with a small step$ ladder, carries it over and sets it down und

ladder, carries it over and sets it down under window left, gets up on it, draws er window left, gets up on it, draws back curtain. Heback curtain. He  gets down, takes si! steps %for e!ample& towards window right, goes back for ladder, carri  gets down, takes si! steps %for e!ample& towards window right, goes back for ladder, carries ites it

over and sets it down under window right, gets up on it, draws back curtain. He gets down, takes over and sets it down under window right, gets up on it, draws back curtain. He gets down, takes three steps towards window left, goes back for ladder,

three steps towards window left, goes back for ladder, carries it over and sets it down undercarries it over and sets it down under window left, gets up on it, looks

window left, gets up on it, looks out of window. Brief laugh. He gets dout of window. Brief laugh. He gets down, takes one stepown, takes one step

towards window right, goes back for ladder, carries it over and sets it down under window right, towards window right, goes back for ladder, carries it over and sets it down under window right,  gets up on it, looks out of window. Brief laugh. He gets down, goes with ladder towards ashbins,  gets up on it, looks out of window. Brief laugh. He gets down, goes with ladder towards ashbins,

halts, turns, carries back ladder and sets it down un

halts, turns, carries back ladder and sets it down un der window right, goes to ashbins, removesder window right, goes to ashbins, removes  sheet covering them, folds it over his arm. He raises one lid, stoops

 sheet covering them, folds it over his arm. He raises one lid, stoops and looks into bin. Briefand looks into bin. Brief laugh. He closes lid. #ame with other

laugh. He closes lid. #ame with other bin. He goes to Hamm, removes sheet bin. He goes to Hamm, removes sheet covering him, foldscovering him, folds it over his arm. 'n a dressing$gown, a stiff t

it over his arm. 'n a dressing$gown, a stiff to(ue on his head, a large blood$stained handkerchiefo(ue on his head, a large blood$stained handkerchief over his face, a whistle hanging

over his face, a whistle hanging from his neck, a rug over hfrom his neck, a rug over his knees, thick socks on his feet,is knees, thick socks on his feet,  Hamm seems to be asleep. Clov looks him over. Brief laugh. He goes to door, halts, turns  Hamm seems to be asleep. Clov looks him over. Brief laugh. He goes to door, halts, turns

towards auditorium. towards auditorium.

CLOV

CLOV %fi!ed ga)e, tonelessly&%fi!ed ga)e, tonelessly&::

Finished, its !inished, nea"ly !inished, it must #e nea"ly !inished$ Finished, its !inished, nea"ly !inished, it must #e nea"ly !inished$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

%"ain u&'n g"ain, 'ne #y 'ne, and 'ne day, suddenly, the"es a hea&, a little hea&, the %"ain u&'n g"ain, 'ne #y 'ne, and 'ne day, suddenly, the"es a hea&, a little hea&, the im&'ssi#le hea&$

im&'ssi#le hea&$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

I cant #e &unished any m'"e$ I cant #e &unished any m'"e$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

Ill g' n'( t' my kitchen,

Ill g' n'( t' my kitchen, ten !eet #y ten !eet #y ten !eet #y ten !eet #y ten !eet, and (ait !'" him t' ten !eet, and (ait !'" him t' (histle me$(histle me$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

 Nice dimensi'ns, nice &"'&'"ti'ns, Ill lean 'n the ta#le, and l''k at the (all, and (ait !'"  Nice dimensi'ns, nice &"'&'"ti'ns, Ill lean 'n the ta#le, and l''k at the (all, and (ait !'"

him t' (histle me$ him t' (histle me$

%He remains a moment motionless, then goes out. He comes back immediately, goes to %He remains a moment motionless, then goes out. He comes back immediately, goes to window right, takes up the ladder and carries it out. *ause. Hamm stirs. He yawns under window right, takes up the ladder and carries it out. *ause. Hamm stirs. He yawns under the handkerchief. He removes the handkerchief from his face. "ery red face. Glasses with the handkerchief. He removes the handkerchief from his face. "ery red face. Glasses with black lenses.& black lenses.& HAMM HAMM:: )e* )e* %he yawns& %he yawns&  *t' &lay$  *t' &lay$

%He takes off his glasses, wipes his eyes, his face, the glasses, puts them on again, folds %He takes off his glasses, wipes his eyes, his face, the glasses, puts them on again, folds the handkerchief and puts it back neatly in the breast pocket of his dressing gown. He the handkerchief and puts it back neatly in the breast pocket of his dressing gown. He clears his throat, +oins the tips of his fingers.&

clears his throat, +oins the tips of his fingers.& Can the"e #e mise"y*

Can the"e #e mise"y* %he yawns&

%he yawns&

 *l'!tie" than mine+ N' d'u#t$ F'"me"ly$ But n'(+  *l'!tie" than mine+ N' d'u#t$ F'"me"ly$ But n'(+

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Clov goes and stands under window

Clov goes and stands under window left. #tiff, staggering walk. He looks up at window left. #tiff, staggering walk. He looks up at window left. Heleft. He turns and looks at window right. He goes and stands under window right. He looks up at window turns and looks at window right. He goes and stands under window right. He looks up at window right. He turns and looks at window left. He

right. He turns and looks at window left. He goes out, comes back goes out, comes back immediately with a small step$immediately with a small step$ ladder, carries it over and sets it down und

ladder, carries it over and sets it down under window left, gets up on it, draws er window left, gets up on it, draws back curtain. Heback curtain. He  gets down, takes si! steps %for e!ample& towards window right, goes back for ladder, carri  gets down, takes si! steps %for e!ample& towards window right, goes back for ladder, carries ites it

over and sets it down under window right, gets up on it, draws back curtain. He gets down, takes over and sets it down under window right, gets up on it, draws back curtain. He gets down, takes three steps towards window left, goes back for ladder,

three steps towards window left, goes back for ladder, carries it over and sets it down undercarries it over and sets it down under window left, gets up on it, looks

window left, gets up on it, looks out of window. Brief laugh. He gets dout of window. Brief laugh. He gets down, takes one stepown, takes one step

towards window right, goes back for ladder, carries it over and sets it down under window right, towards window right, goes back for ladder, carries it over and sets it down under window right,  gets up on it, looks out of window. Brief laugh. He gets down, goes with ladder towards ashbins,  gets up on it, looks out of window. Brief laugh. He gets down, goes with ladder towards ashbins,

halts, turns, carries back ladder and sets it down un

halts, turns, carries back ladder and sets it down un der window right, goes to ashbins, removesder window right, goes to ashbins, removes  sheet covering them, folds it over his arm. He raises one lid, stoops

 sheet covering them, folds it over his arm. He raises one lid, stoops and looks into bin. Briefand looks into bin. Brief laugh. He closes lid. #ame with other

laugh. He closes lid. #ame with other bin. He goes to Hamm, removes sheet bin. He goes to Hamm, removes sheet covering him, foldscovering him, folds it over his arm. 'n a dressing$gown, a stiff t

it over his arm. 'n a dressing$gown, a stiff to(ue on his head, a large blood$stained handkerchiefo(ue on his head, a large blood$stained handkerchief over his face, a whistle hanging

over his face, a whistle hanging from his neck, a rug over hfrom his neck, a rug over his knees, thick socks on his feet,is knees, thick socks on his feet,  Hamm seems to be asleep. Clov looks him over. Brief laugh. He goes to door, halts, turns  Hamm seems to be asleep. Clov looks him over. Brief laugh. He goes to door, halts, turns

towards auditorium. towards auditorium.

CLOV

CLOV %fi!ed ga)e, tonelessly&%fi!ed ga)e, tonelessly&::

Finished, its !inished, nea"ly !inished, it must #e nea"ly !inished$ Finished, its !inished, nea"ly !inished, it must #e nea"ly !inished$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

%"ain u&'n g"ain, 'ne #y 'ne, and 'ne day, suddenly, the"es a hea&, a little hea&, the %"ain u&'n g"ain, 'ne #y 'ne, and 'ne day, suddenly, the"es a hea&, a little hea&, the im&'ssi#le hea&$

im&'ssi#le hea&$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

I cant #e &unished any m'"e$ I cant #e &unished any m'"e$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

Ill g' n'( t' my kitchen,

Ill g' n'( t' my kitchen, ten !eet #y ten !eet #y ten !eet #y ten !eet #y ten !eet, and (ait !'" him t' ten !eet, and (ait !'" him t' (histle me$(histle me$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

 Nice dimensi'ns, nice &"'&'"ti'ns, Ill lean 'n the ta#le, and l''k at the (all, and (ait !'"  Nice dimensi'ns, nice &"'&'"ti'ns, Ill lean 'n the ta#le, and l''k at the (all, and (ait !'"

him t' (histle me$ him t' (histle me$

%He remains a moment motionless, then goes out. He comes back immediately, goes to %He remains a moment motionless, then goes out. He comes back immediately, goes to window right, takes up the ladder and carries it out. *ause. Hamm stirs. He yawns under window right, takes up the ladder and carries it out. *ause. Hamm stirs. He yawns under the handkerchief. He removes the handkerchief from his face. "ery red face. Glasses with the handkerchief. He removes the handkerchief from his face. "ery red face. Glasses with black lenses.& black lenses.& HAMM HAMM:: )e* )e* %he yawns& %he yawns&  *t' &lay$  *t' &lay$

%He takes off his glasses, wipes his eyes, his face, the glasses, puts them on again, folds %He takes off his glasses, wipes his eyes, his face, the glasses, puts them on again, folds the handkerchief and puts it back neatly in the breast pocket of his dressing gown. He the handkerchief and puts it back neatly in the breast pocket of his dressing gown. He clears his throat, +oins the tips of his fingers.&

clears his throat, +oins the tips of his fingers.& Can the"e #e mise"y*

Can the"e #e mise"y* %he yawns&

%he yawns&

 *l'!tie" than mine+ N' d'u#t$ F'"me"ly$ But n'(+  *l'!tie" than mine+ N' d'u#t$ F'"me"ly$ But n'(+

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%*ause.& %*ause.& )y !athe"+ )y !athe"+ %*ause.& %*ause.& )y m'the"+ )y m'the"+ %*ause.& %*ause.& )y$$$ d'g+ )y$$$ d'g+ %*ause.& %*ause.&

Oh I am (illing t' #eliee they

Oh I am (illing t' #eliee they su!!e" as much as such c"eatu"es can su!!e" as much as such c"eatu"es can su!!e"$ But d'es thatsu!!e"$ But d'es that mean thei" su!!e"ings e-ual mine+ N' d'u#t$

mean thei" su!!e"ings e-ual mine+ N' d'u#t$ %*ause.& %*ause.&  N', all is a*  N', all is a* %he yawns& %he yawns&  *#s'lute,  *#s'lute, %proudly& %proudly&

the #igge" a man is the !ulle" he is$ the #igge" a man is the !ulle" he is$ %*ause. Gloomily.&

%*ause. Gloomily.& And the em&tie"$ And the em&tie"$ %He sniffs.& %He sniffs.& Cl'. Cl'. %*ause.& %*ause.&  N', al'ne$  N', al'ne$ %*ause.& %*ause.&

/hat d"eams. Th'se !'"ests. /hat d"eams. Th'se !'"ests. %*ause.&

%*ause.&

En'ugh, its time it ended, in the

En'ugh, its time it ended, in the shelte", t''$shelte", t''$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

And yet I hesitate, I hesitate t'$$$ t'

And yet I hesitate, I hesitate t'$$$ t' end$ Yes, the"e it is, its time it ended end$ Yes, the"e it is, its time it ended and yet Iand yet I hesitate t'* hesitate t'* %He yawns.& %He yawns.&  *t' end$  *t' end$ %awns.& %awns.&

%'d, Im ti"ed, Id #e #ette" '!! in %'d, Im ti"ed, Id #e #ette" '!! in #ed$#ed$

%He whistles. -nter Clov immediately. He halts beside the chair.& %He whistles. -nter Clov immediately. He halts beside the chair.& Y'u &'llute the ai".

Y'u &'llute the ai". %*ause.&

%*ause.&

%et me "eady, Im g'ing t' #ed$ %et me "eady, Im g'ing t' #ed$

CLOV CLOV::

Ie 0ust g't y'u u&$ Ie 0ust g't y'u u&$

HAMM HAMM::

And (hat '! it+ And (hat '! it+

CLOV CLOV::

I cant #e getting y'u u& and &utting y'u t' #ed ee"y !ie minutes, I hae things t' d'$ I cant #e getting y'u u& and &utting y'u t' #ed ee"y !ie minutes, I hae things t' d'$ %*ause.&

%*ause.&

HAMM HAMM::

1id y'u ee" see my eyes+ 1id y'u ee" see my eyes+

CLOV CLOV::

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 N'$

HAMM:

1id y'u nee" hae the cu"i'sity, (hile I (as slee&ing, t' take '!! my glasses and l''k at my eyes+

CLOV:

Pulling #ack the lids+ %*ause.&

 N'$

HAMM:

One '! these days Ill sh'( them t' y'u$ %*ause.&

It seems theye g'ne all (hite$ %*ause.&

/hat time is it+

CLOV:

The same as usual$

HAMM %gesture towards window right&:

2ae y'u l''ked+

CLOV: Yes$ HAMM: /ell+ CLOV: 3e"'$ HAMM:

Itd need t' "ain$

CLOV:

It ('nt "ain$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

A&a"t !"'m that, h'( d' y'u !eel+

CLOV:

I d'nt c'm&lain$

HAMM:

Y'u !eel n'"mal+

CLOV %irritably&:

I tell y'u I d'nt c'm&lain$

HAMM:

I !eel a little st"ange$ %*ause.&

Cl'.

CLOV:

Yes$

HAMM:

2ae y'u n't had en'ugh+

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Yes. %*ause.& O! (hat+

HAMM:

O! this$$$ this$$$ thing$

CLOV:

I al(ays had$ %*ause.&  N't y'u+

HAMM %gloomily&:

Then the"es n' "eas'n !'" it t' change$

CLOV:

It may end$ %*ause.&

All li!e l'ng the same -uesti'ns, the same ans(e"s$

HAMM:

%et me "eady$

%Clov does not move.& %' and get the sheet$ %Clov does not move.& Cl'.

CLOV:

Yes$

HAMM:

Ill gie y'u n'thing m'"e t' eat$

CLOV:

Then (ell die$

HAMM:

Ill gie y'u 0ust en'ugh t' kee& y'u !"'m dying$ Y'ull #e hung"y all the time$

CLOV:

Then (e ('nt die$ %*ause.&

Ill g' and get the sheet$ %He goes towards the door.&

HAMM:

 N'.

%Clov halts.&

Ill gie y'u 'ne #iscuit &e" day$ %*ause.&

One and a hal!$ %*ause.&

/hy d' y'u stay (ith me+

CLOV:

/hy d' y'u kee& me+

HAMM:

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CLOV:

The"es n'(he"e else$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

Y'u"e leaing me all the same$

CLOV:

Im t"ying$

HAMM:

Y'u d'nt l'e me$

CLOV:

 N'$

HAMM:

Y'u l'ed me 'nce$

CLOV:

Once.

HAMM:

Ie made y'u su!!e" t'' much$ %*ause.&

2aent I+

CLOV:

Its n't that$

HAMM:

I haent made y'u su!!e" t'' much+

CLOV:

Yes.

HAMM %relieved&:

Ah, y'u gae me a !"ight. %*ause. Coldly&

F'"gie me$ %*ause. Louder.& I said, F'"gie me$

CLOV:

I hea"d y'u$ %*ause.&

2ae y'u #led+

HAMM: Less$ %*ause.& Is it n't time !'" my &ain4kille"+ CLOV:  N'$ %*ause.& HAMM:

2'( a"e y'u" eyes+

CLOV:

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HAMM:

2'( a"e y'u" legs+

CLOV:

Bad$

HAMM:

But y'u can m'e$

CLOV:

Yes$

HAMM %violently&:

Then m'e.

%Clov goes to back wall, leans against it with his forehead and hands.& /he"e a"e y'u+

CLOV:

2e"e$

HAMM:

C'me #ack.

%Clov returns to his place beside the chair.& /he"e a"e y'u+

CLOV:

2e"e$

HAMM:

/hy d'nt y'u kill me+

CLOV:

I d'nt kn'( the c'm#inati'n '! the cu&#'a"d$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

%' and get t(' #icycle4(heels$

CLOV:

The"e a"e n' m'"e #icycle4(heels$

HAMM:

/hat hae y'u d'ne (ith y'u" #icycle+

CLOV:

I nee" had a #icycle$

HAMM:

The thing is im&'ssi#le$

CLOV:

/hen the"e (e"e still #icycles I (e&t t' hae 'ne$ I c"a(led at y'u" !eet$ Y'u t'ld me t' g' t' hell$ N'( the"e a"e n'ne$

HAMM:

And y'u" "'unds+ /hen y'u ins&ected my &au&e"s$ Al(ays 'n !''t+

CLOV:

S'metimes 'n h'"se$

%he lid of one of the bins lifts and the hands of /agg appear,

 gripping the rim. hen his head emerges. /ightcap. "ery white face.  /agg yawns, then listens.&

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HAMM:

In y'u" kitchen+

CLOV:

Yes$

HAMM:

Outside '! he"e its death$ %*ause.&

All "ight, #e '!!$ %-!it Clov. *ause.& /e"e getting 'n$ NAGG: )e &a&. HAMM: Accu"sed &"'genit'". NAGG: )e &a&. HAMM:

The 'ld !'lks at h'me. N' decency le!t. %u55le, gu55le, thats all they think '!$ %He whistles. -nter Clov. He halts beside the chair.&

/ell. I th'ught y'u (e"e leaing me$

CLOV:

Oh n't 0ust yet, n't 0ust yet$

NAGG:

)e &a&.

HAMM:

%ie him his &a&$

CLOV:

The"es n' m'"e &a&$

HAMM %to /agg&:

1' y'u hea" that+ The"es n' m'"e &a&$ Y'ull nee" get any m'"e &a&$

NAGG:

I (ant me &a&.

HAMM:

%ie him a #iscuit$ %-!it Clov.&

Accu"sed !'"nicat'". 2'( a"e y'u" stum&s+

NAGG:

 Nee" mind me stum&s$ %-nter Clov with biscuit.&

CLOV:

Im #ack again, (ith the #iscuit$

%He gives biscuit to /agg who fingers it, sniffs it.&

NAGG %plaintively&:

/hat is it+

CLOV:

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NAGG %as before&:

Its ha"d. I cant.

HAMM:

B'ttle him.

%Clov pushes /agg back into the bin, closes the lid.&

CLOV %returning to his place beside the chair&:

I! age #ut kne(.

HAMM:

Sit 'n him.

CLOV:

I cant sit$

HAMM:

T"ue$ And I cant stand$

CLOV:

S' it is$

HAMM:

Ee"y man his s&ecialty$ %*ause.&

 N' &h'ne calls+ %*ause.&

1'nt (e laugh+

CLOV %after reflection&:

I d'nt !eel like it$

HAMM %after reflection&:

 N'" I$ %*ause.& Cl'. CLOV: Yes$ HAMM:

 Natu"e has !'"g'tten us$

CLOV:

The"es n' m'"e natu"e$

HAMM:

 N' m'"e natu"e. Y'u e6agge"ate$

CLOV:

In the icinity$

HAMM:

But (e #"eathe, (e change. /e l'se 'u" hai", 'u" teeth. Ou" #l''m. Ou" ideals.

CLOV:

Then she hasnt !'"g'tten us$

HAMM:

But y'u say the"e is n'ne$

CLOV %sadly&:

 N' 'ne that ee" lied ee" th'ught s' c"''ked as (e$

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/e d' (hat (e can$

CLOV:

/e sh'uldnt$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

Y'u"e a #it '! all "ight, a"ent y'u+

CLOV: A smithe"een$ %*ause.& HAMM: This is sl'( ('"k$ %*ause.& Is it n't time !'" my &ain4kille"+ CLOV:  N'$ %*ause.&

Ill leae y'u, I hae things t' d'$

HAMM:

In y'u" kitchen+

CLOV:

Yes$

HAMM:

/hat, Id like t' kn'($

CLOV:

I l''k at the (all$

HAMM:

The (all. And (hat d' y'u see 'n y'u" (all+ )ene, mene+ Naked #'dies+

CLOV:

I see my light dying$

HAMM:

Y'u" light dying. Listen t' that. /ell, it can die 0ust as (ell he"e, y'u" light$ Take a l''k at me and then c'me #ack and tell me (hat y'u think '! y'u" light$

%*ause.&

CLOV:

Y'u sh'uldnt s&eak t' me like that$ %*ause.&

HAMM %coldly&:

F'"gie me$ %*ause. Louder.& I said, F'"gie me$

CLOV:

I hea"d y'u$

%he lid of /agg0s bin lifts. His hands appear, gripping the rim. hen his head emerges.  'n his mouth the biscuit. He listens.&

HAMM:

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CLOV:

 N'$

HAMM:

1id y'u sc"atch "'und them t' see i! they had s&"'uted+

CLOV:

They haent s&"'uted$

HAMM:

Pe"ha&s its still t'' ea"ly$

CLOV:

I! they (e"e g'ing t' s&"'ut they ('uld hae s&"'uted$ %"iolently.&

Theyll nee" s&"'ut.

%*ause. /agg takes biscuit in his hand.&

HAMM:

This is n't much !un$ %*ause.&

But thats al(ays the (ay at the end '! the day, isnt it, Cl'+

CLOV:

Al(ays$

HAMM:

Its the end '! the day like any 'the" day, isnt it, Cl'+

CLOV:

L''ks like it$ %*ause.&

HAMM %anguished&:

/hats ha&&ening, (hats ha&&ening+

CLOV:

S'mething is taking its c'u"se$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

All "ight, #e '!!$

%He leans back in his chair, remains motionless. Clov does not move, heaves a great  groaning sigh. Hamm sits up.&

I th'ught I t'ld y'u t' #e '!!$

CLOV:

Im t"ying$

%He goes to the door, halts.& Ee" since I (as (hel&ed$ %-!it Clov.&

HAMM:

/e"e getting 'n$

%He leans back in his chair, remains motionless. /agg knocks on the lid of the other bin.  *ause. He knocks harder. he lid lifts and the hands of /ell appear, gripping the rim.

hen her head emerges. Lace cap. "ery white face.&

NELL:

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%*ause.&

Time !'" l'e+

NAGG:

/e"e y'u aslee&+

NELL: Oh n'. NAGG: 7iss me$ NELL: /e cant$ NAGG: T"y$

%heir heads strain towards each other, fail to meet, fall ap art again.&

NELL:

/hy this !a"ce, day a!te" day+ %*ause.& NAGG: Ie l'st me t''th$ NELL: /hen+ NAGG: I had it yeste"day$ NELL %elegiac&: Ah yeste"day$

%hey turn painfully towards each other.&

NAGG:

Can y'u see me+

NELL:

2a"dly$ And y'u+

NAGG:

/hat+

NELL:

Can y'u see me+

NAGG:

2a"dly$

NELL:

S' much the #ette", s' much the #ette"$

NAGG:

1'nt say that$ %*ause.&

Ou" sight has !ailed$

NELL:

Yes$

%*ause. hey turn away from each other.&

NAGG:

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NELL:

Yes$ And y'u+

NAGG:

Yes$ %*ause.&

Ou" hea"ing hasnt !ailed$

NELL: Ou" (hat+ NAGG: Ou" hea"ing$ NELL:  N'$ %*ause.&

2ae y'u anything else t' say t' me+

NAGG:

1' y'u "emem#e"*

NELL:

 N'$

NAGG:

/hen (e c"ashed 'n 'u" tandem and l'st 'u" shanks$ %hey laugh heartily.&

NELL:

It (as in the A"dennes$ %hey laugh less heartily.&

NAGG:

On the "'ad t' Sedan$

%hey laugh still less heartily.& A"e y'u c'ld+

NELL:

Yes, &e"ished, and y'u+

NAGG:

%*ause.& Im !"ee5ing$ %*ause.&

1' y'u (ant t' g' in+

NELL:

Yes$

NAGG:

Then g' in$

%/ell does not move.& /hy d'nt y'u g' in+

NELL:

I d'nt kn'($ %*ause.&

NAGG:

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NELL:

It isnt sa(dust$ %*ause. 1arily.&

Can y'u n't #e a little accu"ate, Nagg+

NAGG:

Y'u" sand then$ Its n't im&'"tant$

NELL:

It is im&'"tant$ %*ause.&

NAGG:

It (as sa(dust 'nce$

NELL:

Once.

NAGG:

And n'( its sand$ %*ause.&

F"'m the sh'"e$ %*ause. 'mpatiently.&

 N'( its sand he !etches !"'m the sh'"e$

NELL:

 N'( its sand$

NAGG:

2as he changed y'u"s+

NELL:  N'$ NAGG:  N'" mine$ %*ause.& I ('nt hae it.

%*ause. Holding up the biscuit.& 1' y'u (ant a #it+

NELL:

 N'$ %*ause.& O! (hat+

NAGG:

Biscuit$ Ie ke&t y'u hal!$

%He looks at the biscuit. *roudly.& Th"ee -ua"te"s$ F'" y'u$ 2e"e$ %He proffers the biscuit.&

 N'+ %*ause.&

1' y'u n't !eel (ell+

HAMM %wearily&:

8uiet, -uiet, y'u"e kee&ing me a(ake$ %*ause.&

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Talk s'!te"$ %*ause.&

I! I c'uld slee& I might make l'e$ Id g' int' the (''ds$ )y eyes ('uld see$$$ the sky, the ea"th$ Id "un, "un, they ('uldnt catch me$

%*ause.&  Natu"e.

%*ause.&

The"es s'mething d"i&&ing in my head$ %*ause.&

A hea"t, a hea"t in my head$ %*ause.&

NAGG:

1' y'u hea" him+ A hea"t in his head. %He chuckles cautiously.&

NELL:

One mustnt laugh at th'se things, Nagg$ /hy must y'u al(ays laugh at them+

NAGG:

 N't s' l'ud.

NELL %without lowering her voice&:

 N'thing is !unnie" than unha&&iness, I g"ant y'u that$ But*

NAGG %shocked&:

Oh.

NELL:

Yes, yes, its the m'st c'mical thing in the ('"ld$ And (e laugh, (e laugh, (ith a (ill, in the #eginning$ But its al(ays the same thing$ Yes, its like the !unny st'"y (e hae hea"d t'' '!ten, (e still !ind it !unny, #ut (e d'nt laugh any m'"e$

%*ause.&

2ae y'u anything else t' say t' me+

NAGG:

 N'$

NELL:

A"e y'u -uite su"e+ %*ause.&

Then Ill leae y'u$

NAGG:

1' y'u n't (ant y'u" #iscuit+ %*ause.&

Ill kee& it !'" y'u$ %*ause.&

I th'ught y'u (e"e g'ing t' leae me$

NELL:

I am g'ing t' leae y'u$

NAGG:

C'uld y'u gie me a sc"atch #e!'"e y'u g'+

NELL:

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%*ause.& /he"e+ NAGG: In the #ack$ NELL:  N'$ %*ause.&

9u# y'u"sel! against the "im$

NAGG:

Its l'(e" d'(n$ In the h'll'($

NELL: /hat h'll'(+ NAGG: The h'll'(. %*ause.& C'uld y'u n't+ %*ause.&

Yeste"day y'u sc"atched me the"e$

NELL %elegiac&:

Ah yeste"day$

NAGG:

C'uld y'u n't+ %*ause.&

/'uld y'u like me t' sc"atch y'u+ %*ause.&

A"e y'u c"ying again+

NELL:

I (as t"ying$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

Pe"ha&s its a little ein$ %*ause.&

NAGG:

/hat (as that he said+

NELL:

Pe"ha&s its a little ein$

NAGG:

/hat d'es that mean+ %*ause.&

That means n'thing$ %*ause.&

Shall I tell y'u the st'"y '! the tail'"+

NELL:

 N'$ %*ause.& /hat !'"+

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NAGG:

T' chee" y'u u&$

NELL:

Its n't !unny$

NAGG:

It al(ays made y'u laugh$ %*ause.&

The !i"st time I th'ught y'ud die$

NELL:

It (as 'n Lake C'm'$ %*ause.&

One A&"il a!te"n''n$ %*ause.&

Can y'u #eliee it+

NAGG:

/hat+

NELL:

That (e 'nce (ent 'ut "'(ing 'n Lake C'm'$ %*ause.&

One A&"il a!te"n''n$

NAGG:

/e had g't engaged the day #e!'"e$

NELL:

Engaged.

NAGG:

Y'u (e"e in such !its that (e ca&si5ed$ By "ights (e sh'uld hae #een d"'(ned$

NELL:

It (as #ecause I !elt ha&&y$

NAGG %indignant&:

It (as n't, it (as n't, it (as my STO9Y and n'thing else$ 2a&&y. 1'nt y'u laugh at it still+ Ee"y time I tell it$ 2a&&y.

NELL:

It (as dee&, dee&$ And y'u c'uld see d'(n t' the #'tt'm$ S' (hite$ S' clean$

NAGG:

Let me tell it again$ %2aconteur0s voice.&

An Englishman, needing a &ai" '! st"i&ed t"'use"s in a hu""y !'" the Ne( Yea" !estiities, g'es t' his tail'" (h' takes his measu"ements$

%ailor0s voice.&

Thats the l't, c'me #ack in !'u" days, Ill hae it "eady$ %''d$ F'u" days late"$ %ailor0s voice.&

S' s'""y, c'me #ack in a (eek, Ie made a mess '! the seat$ %''d, thats all "ight, a neat seat can #e e"y ticklish$ A (eek late"$

%ailor0s voice.&

F"ight!ully s'""y, c'me #ack in ten days, Ie made a hash '! the c"'tch$ %''d, cant #e hel&ed, a snug c"'tch is al(ays a tease"$ Ten days late"$

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%ailor0s voice.&

1"ead!ully s'""y, c'me #ack in a !'"tnight, Ie made a #alls '! the !ly$ %''d, at a  &inch, a sma"t !ly is a sti!! &"'&'siti'n$

%*ause. /ormal voice.& I nee" t'ld it ('"se$ %*ause. Gloomy.&

I tell this st'"y ('"se and ('"se$ %*ause. 2aconteur0s voice.&

/ell, t' make it sh'"t, the #lue#ells a"e #l'(ing and he #all'ckses the #utt'nh'les$ %Customer0s voice.&

%'d damn y'u t' hell, Si", n', its indecent, the"e a"e limits. In si6 days, d' y'u hea" me, si6 days, %'d made the ('"ld$ Yes Si", n' less Si", the /O9L1. And y'u a"e n't #l''dy (ell ca&a#le '! making me a &ai" '! t"'use"s in th"ee m'nths.

%ailor0s voice, scandali)ed.&

But my dea" Si", my dea" Si", l''k* %disdainful gesture, disgustedly&

 *at the ('"ld* %*ause.&

and l''k*

%loving gesture, proudly&  *at my T9O;SE9S.

%*ause. He looks at /ell who has remained impassive, her eyes unseeing. He breaks into a high forced laugh, cuts it short, pokes his head towards /ell, launches his laugh

again.&

HAMM:

Silence.

%/agg starts, cuts short his laugh.&

NELL:

Y'u c'uld see d'(n t' the #'tt'm$

HAMM %e!asperated&:

2ae y'u n't !inished+ /ill y'u nee" !inish+ %1ith sudden fury.&

/ill this nee" !inish+

%/agg disappears into his bin, closes the lid behind him. /ell does not move. Fren)iedly.& )y kingd'm !'" a nightman.

%He whistles. -nter Clov.&

Clea" a(ay this muck. Chuck it in the sea. %Clov goes to bins, halts.&

NELL:

S' (hite$

HAMM:

/hat+ /hats she #lathe"ing a#'ut+

%Clov stoops, takes /ell0s hand, feels her pulse.&

NELL %to Clov&:

1ese"t.

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CLOV %returning to his place beside the chair&:

She has n' &ulse$

HAMM:

/hat (as she d"ielling a#'ut+

CLOV:

She t'ld me t' g' a(ay, int' the dese"t$

HAMM:

1amn #usy#'dy. Is that all+

CLOV:  N'$ HAMM: /hat else+ CLOV: I didnt unde"stand$ HAMM:

2ae y'u #'ttled he"+

CLOV:

Yes$

HAMM:

A"e they #'th #'ttled+

CLOV:

Yes$

HAMM:

Sc"e( d'(n the lids$ %Clov goes towards door.& Time en'ugh$

%Clov halts.&

)y ange" su#sides, Id like t' &ee$

CLOV %with alacrity&:

Ill g' get the cathete"$ %He goes towards door.&

HAMM:

Time en'ugh$ %Clov halts.&

%ie me my &ain kille"$

CLOV:

Its t'' s''n$ %*ause.&

Its t'' s''n 'n t'& '! y'u" t'nic, it ('uldnt act$

HAMM:

In the m'"ning they #"ace y'u u& and in the eening they calm y'u d'(n$ ;nless its the 'the" (ay "'und$

%*ause.&

That 'ld d'ct'", hes dead natu"ally+

CLOV:

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HAMM:

But hes dead+

CLOV:

 Natu"ally$ %*ause.&

Y'u ask me that+ %*ause.&

HAMM:

Take me !'" a little tu"n$

%Clov goes behind the chair and pushes it forward.&  N't t'' !ast.

%Clov pushes chair.& 9ight "'und the ('"ld. %Clov pushes chair.&

2ug the (alls, then #ack t' the cente" again$ %Clov pushes chair.&

I (as "ight in the cente", (asnt I+

CLOV %pushing&:

Yes$

HAMM:

/ed need a &"'&e" (heel4chai"$ /ith #ig (heels$ Bicycle (heels. %*ause.&

A"e y'u hugging+

CLOV %pushing&:

Yes$

HAMM %groping for wall&:

Its a lie. /hy d' y'u lie t' me+

CLOV %bearing closer to wall&:

The"e. The"e.

HAMM:

St'&.

%Clov stops chair close to back wall. Hamm lays his hand against wall.& Old (all.

%*ause.&

Bey'nd is the$$$ 'the" hell$ %*ause. "iolently.&

Cl'se". Cl'se". ;& against.

CLOV:

Take a(ay y'u" hand$

%Hamm withdraws his hand. Clov rams chair against wall.& The"e.

%Hamm leans towards wall, applies his ear to it.&

HAMM:

1' y'u hea"+

%He strikes the wall with his knuckles.& 1' y'u hea"+ 2'll'( #"icks.

(22)

%He strikes again.& All thats h'll'(.

%*ause. He straightens up. "iolently.& Thats en'ugh$ Back.

CLOV:

/e haent d'ne the "'und$

HAMM:

Back t' my &lace.

%Clov pushes chair back to center.& Is that my &lace+

CLOV:

Yes, thats y'u" &lace$

HAMM:

Am I "ight in the cente"+

CLOV:

Ill measu"e it$

HAMM:

)'"e '" less. )'"e '" less.

CLOV %moving chair slightly&:

The"e.

HAMM:

Im m'"e '" less in the cente"+

CLOV:

Id say s'$

HAMM:

Y'ud say s'. Put me "ight in the cente".

CLOV:

Ill g' and get the ta&e$

HAMM:

9'ughly. 9'ughly.

%Clov moves chair slightly.& Bang in the cente".

CLOV:

The"e. %*ause.&

HAMM:

I !eel a little t'' !a" t' the le!t$ %Clov moves chair slightly.&

 N'( I !eel a little t'' !a" t' the "ight$ %Clov moves chair slightly.&

I !eel a little t'' !a" !'"(a"d$ %Clov moves chair slightly.&  N'( I !eel a little t'' !a" #ack$

%Clov moves chair slightly.& 1'nt stay the"e$

(23)

y'u gie me the shie"s$

%Clov returns to his place beside the chair.&

CLOV:

I! I c'uld kill him Id die ha&&y$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

/hats the (eathe" like+

CLOV: As usual$ HAMM: L''k at the ea"th$ CLOV: Ie l''ked$ HAMM:

/ith the glass+

CLOV:

 N' need '! the glass$

HAMM:

L''k at it (ith the glass$

CLOV:

Ill g' and get the glass$ %-!it Clov.&

HAMM:

 N' need '! the glass.

%-nter Clov with telescope.&

CLOV:

Im #ack again, (ith the glass$

%He goes to window right, looks up at it.& I need the ste&s$

HAMM:

/hy+ 2ae y'u sh"unk+ %-!it Clov with telescope.& I d'nt like that, I d'nt like that$

%-nter Clov with ladder, but without telescope.&

CLOV:

Im #ack again, (ith the ste&s$

%He sets down ladder under window right, gets up on it, reali)es he has not the telescope,  gets down.&

I need the glass$

%He goes towards door.&

HAMM %violently&:

But y'u hae the glass.

CLOV %halting, violently&:

 N', I haent the glass. %-!it Clov.&

(24)

This is deadly$

%-nter Clov with the telescope. He goes towards ladder.&

CLOV:

Things a"e liening u&$

%He gets up on ladder, raises the telescope, lets it fall.& I did it 'n &u"&'se$

%He gets down, picks up the telescope, turns it on auditorium.& I see$$$ a multitude$$$ in t"ans&'"ts$$$ '! 0'y$

%*ause. He lowers telescope, looks at it.& Thats (hat I call a magni!ie"$

%He turns toward Hamm.& /ell+ 1'nt (e laugh+

HAMM %after reflection&:

I d'nt$

CLOV %after reflection&:

 N'" I$

%He gets up on ladder, turns the telescope on the without.& Lets see$

%He looks, moving the telescope.& 3e"'$$$ %he looks& $$$5e"'$$$ %he looks& $$$and 5e"'$ HAMM:

 N'thing sti"s$ All is*

CLOV:

3e"*

HAMM %violently&:

/ait till y'u"e s&'ken t'. %/ormal voice.&

All is$$$ all is$$$ all is (hat+ %"iolently.&

All is (hat+

CLOV:

/hat all is+ In a ('"d+ Is that (hat y'u (ant t' kn'(+ <ust a m'ment$

%He turns the telescope on the without, looks, lowers the telescope, turns towards  Hamm.& C'"&sed$ %*ause.& /ell+ C'ntent+ HAMM: L''k at the sea$ CLOV:

Its the same$

(25)

L''k at the 'cean.

%Clov gets down, takes a few steps towards window left, goes back for ladder, carries it over and sets it down under window left, gets up on it, turns the telescope on the without, looks at length. He starts, lowers the telescope, e!amines it, turns it again on the

without.&

CLOV:

 Nee" seen anything like that.

HAMM %an!ious&:

/hat+ A sail+ A !in+ Sm'ke+

CLOV %looking&:

The light is sunk$

HAMM %relieved&:

Pah. /e all kne( that$

CLOV %looking&:

The"e (as a #it le!t$

HAMM: The #ase$ CLOV %looking&: Yes$ HAMM: And n'(+ CLOV %looking&: All g'ne$ HAMM:  N' gulls+ CLOV %looking&: %ulls. HAMM:

And the h'"i5'n+ N'thing 'n the h'"i5'n+

CLOV %lowering the telescope, turning towards Hamm, e!asperated&:

/hat in %'ds name c'uld the"e #e 'n the h'"i5'n+ %*ause.&

HAMM:

The (aes, h'( a"e the (aes+

CLOV:

The (aes+

%He turns the telescope on the waves.& Lead$

HAMM:

And the sun+

CLOV %looking&:

3e"'$

HAMM:

But it sh'uld #e sinking$ L''k again$

CLOV %looking&:

(26)

HAMM:

Is is night al"eady then+

CLOV %looking&:

 N'$

HAMM:

Then (hat is it+

CLOV %looking&:

%"ay$

%Lowering the telescope, turning towards Hamm, louder.& %"ay.

%*ause. #till louder.& %99AY.

%*ause. He gets down, approaches Hamm from behind, whispers in his ear.&

HAMM %starting&:

%"ay. 1id I hea" y'u say g"ay+

CLOV:

Light #lack$ F"'m &'le t' &'le$

HAMM:

Y'u e6agge"ate$ %*ause.&

1'nt stay the"e, y'u gie me the shie"s$ %Clov returns to his place beside the chair.&

CLOV:

/hy this !a"ce, day a!te" day+

HAMM:

9'utine$ One nee" kn'(s$ %*ause.&

Last night I sa( inside my #"east$ The"e (as a #ig s'"e$

CLOV:

Pah. Y'u sa( y'u" hea"t$

HAMM:  N', it (as liing$ %*ause. 3nguished.& Cl'. CLOV: Yes$ HAMM: /hats ha&&ening+ CLOV:

S'mething is taking its c'u"se$ %*ause.& HAMM: Cl'. CLOV %impatiently&: /hat is it+ HAMM:

(27)

/e"e n't #eginning t'$$$ t'$$$ mean s'mething+

CLOV:

)ean s'mething. Y'u and I, mean s'mething. %Brief laugh.&

Ah thats a g''d 'ne.

HAMM:

I ('nde"$ %*ause.&

Imagine i! a "ati'nal #eing came #ack t' ea"th, ('uldnt he #e lia#le t' get ideas int' his head i! he '#se"ed us l'ng en'ugh$

%"oice of rational being.&

Ah, g''d, n'( I see (hat it is, yes, n'( I unde"stand (hat they"e at.

%Clov starts, drops the telescope and begins to scratch his belly with both hands. /ormal voice.&

And (ith'ut g'ing s' !a" as that, (e 'u"seles$$$ %with emotion&

$$$(e 'u"seles$$$ at ce"tain m'ments$$$ %"ehemently.&

T' think &e"ha&s it ('nt all hae #een !'" n'thing.

CLOV %anguished, scratching himself&:

I hae a !lea.

HAMM:

A !lea. A"e the"e still !leas+

CLOV:

On me the"es 'ne$ %#cratching.&

;nless its a c"a# l'use$

HAMM %very perturbed&:

But humanity might sta"t !"'m the"e all 'e" again. Catch him, !'" the l'e '! %'d.

CLOV:

Ill g' and get the &'(de"$ %-!it Clov.&

HAMM:

A !lea. This is a(!ul. /hat a day. %-nter Clov with a sprinkling$tin.&

CLOV:

Im #ack again, (ith the insecticide$

HAMM:

Let him hae it.

%Clov loosens the top of his trousers, pulls it forward and shakes powder into the

aperture. He stoops, looks, waits, starts, fren)iedly shakes more powder, stoops, looks, waits.&

CLOV:

The #asta"d.

HAMM:

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CLOV:

L''ks like it$

%He drops the tin and ad+usts his trousers.& ;nless hes laying d'gg'$

HAMM:

Laying. Lying, y'u mean$ ;nless hes lying d'gg'$

CLOV:

Ah+ One says lying+ One d'esnt say laying+

HAMM:

;se y'u" head, cant y'u$ I! he (as laying (ed #e #itched$

CLOV:

Ah$ %*ause.&

/hat a#'ut that &ee+

HAMM:

Im haing it$

CLOV:

Ah thats the s&i"it, thats the s&i"it. %*ause.&

HAMM %with ardour&:

Lets g' !"'m he"e, the t(' '! us. S'uth. Y'u can make a "a!t and the cu""ents (ill ca""y us a(ay, !a" a(ay, t' 'the"$$$ mammals.

CLOV:

%'d !'"#id.

HAMM:

Al'ne, Ill em#a"k al'ne. %et ('"king 'n that "a!t immediately$ T'm'""'( Ill #e g'ne !'"ee"$

CLOV %hastening towards door&:

Ill sta"t st"aight a(ay$

HAMM:

/ait.

%Clov halts.&

/ill the"e #e sha"ks, d' y'u think+

CLOV:

Sha"ks+ I d'nt kn'($ I! the"e a"e the"e (ill #e$ %He goes towards door.&

HAMM:

/ait.

%Clov halts.&

Is it n't yet time !'" my &ain4kille"+

CLOV %violently&:

 N'.

%He goes towards door.&

HAMM:

/ait.

(29)

2'( a"e y'u" eyes+

CLOV:

Bad$

HAMM:

But y'u can see$

CLOV:

All I (ant$

HAMM:

2'( a"e y'u" legs+

CLOV:

Bad$

HAMM:

But y'u can (alk$

CLOV:

I c'me$$$ and g'$

HAMM:

In my h'use$

%*ause. 1ith prophetic relish.&

One day y'ull #e #lind like me$ Y'ull #e sitting he"e, a s&eck in the 'id, in the da"k, !'"ee", like me$

%*ause.&

One day y'ull say t' y'u"sel!, Im ti"ed, Ill sit d'(n, and y'ull g' and sit d'(n$ Then y'ull say, Im hung"y, Ill get u& and get s'mething t' eat$ But y'u ('nt get u&$ Y'ull say, I sh'uldnt hae sat d'(n, #ut since I hae Ill sit 'n a little l'nge", then Ill get u& and get s'mething t' eat$ But y'u ('nt get u& and y'u ('nt get anything t' eat$ %*ause.&

Y'ull l''k at the (all a (hile, then y'ull say, Ill cl'se my eyes, &e"ha&s hae a little slee&, a!te" that Ill !eel #ette", and y'ull cl'se them$ And (hen y'u '&en them again the"ell #e n' (all any m'"e$

%*ause.&

In!inite em&tiness (ill #e all a"'und y'u, all the "esu""ected dead '! all the ages ('uldnt !ill it, and the"e y'ull #e like a little #it '! g"it in the middle '! the ste&&e$

%*ause.&

Yes, 'ne day y'ull kn'( (hat it is, y'ull #e like me, e6ce&t that y'u ('nt hae any'ne (ith y'u, #ecause y'u ('nt hae had &ity 'n any'ne and #ecause the"e ('nt #e any'ne le!t t' hae &ity 'n y'u$

%*ause.&

CLOV:

Its n't ce"tain$ %*ause.&

And the"es 'ne thing y'u !'"g't$

HAMM:

Ah+

CLOV:

I cant sit d'(n$

(30)

/ell y'ull lie d'(n then, (hat the hell. O" y'ull c'me t' a standstill, sim&ly st'& and stand still, the (ay y'u a"e n'($ One day y'ull say, Im ti"ed, Ill st'&$ /hat d'es the attitude matte"+

%*ause.&

CLOV:

S' y'u all (ant me t' leae y'u$

HAMM:

 Natu"ally$

CLOV:

Then Ill leae y'u$

HAMM:

Y'u cant leae us$

CLOV:

Then I ('nt leae y'u$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

/hy d'nt y'u !inish us+ %*ause.&

Ill tell y'u the c'm#inati'n '! the cu&#'a"d i! y'u &"'mise t' !inish me$

CLOV:

I c'uldnt !inish y'u$

HAMM:

Then y'u ('nt !inish me$ %*ause.&

CLOV:

Ill leae y'u, I hae things t' d'$

HAMM:

1' y'u "emem#e" (hen y'u came he"e+

CLOV:

 N'$ T'' small, y'u t'ld me$

HAMM:

1' y'u "emem#e" y'u" !athe"+

CLOV %wearily&:

Same ans(e"$ %*ause.&

Y'ue asked me these -uesti'ns milli'ns '! times$

HAMM:

I l'e the 'ld -uesti'ns$ %1ith fervour.&

Ah the 'ld -uesti'ns, the 'ld ans(e"s, the"es n'thing like them. %*ause.&

It (as I (as a !athe" t' y'u$

CLOV:

Yes$

%He looks at Hamm fi!edly.& Y'u (e"e that t' me$

(31)

HAMM:

)y h'use a h'me !'" y'u$

CLOV:

Yes$

%He looks about him.& This (as that !'" me$

HAMM %proudly&:

But !'" me,

%gesture towards himself& n' !athe"$ But !'" 2amm,

%gesture towards surroundings& n' h'me$

%*ause.&

CLOV:

Ill leae y'u$

HAMM:

1id y'u ee" think '! 'ne thing+

CLOV:

 Nee"$

HAMM:

That he"e (e"e d'(n in a h'le$ %*ause.&

But #ey'nd the hills+ Eh+ Pe"ha&s its still g"een$ Eh+ %*ause.&

Fl'"a. P'm'na. %-cstatically.& Ce"es.

%*ause.&

Pe"ha&s y'u ('nt need t' g' e"y !a"$

CLOV:

I cant g' e"y !a"$ %*ause.&

Ill leae y'u$

HAMM: Is my d'g "eady+ CLOV: 2e lacks a leg$ HAMM: Is he silky+ CLOV:

2es kind '! a P'me"anian$

HAMM:

%' and get him$

CLOV:

2e lacks a leg$

(32)

%' and get him. %-!it Clov.& /e"e getting 'n$

%-nter Clov holding by one of its three legs a black toy dog.&

CLOV:

Y'u" d'gs a"e he"e$

%He hands the dog to Hamm who feels it, fondles it.&

HAMM:

2es (hite, isnt he+

CLOV:

 Nea"ly$

HAMM:

/hat d' y'u mean, nea"ly+ Is he (hite '" isnt he+

CLOV:

2e isnt$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

Y'ue !'"g'tten the se6$

CLOV %ve!ed&:

But he isnt !inished$ The se6 g'es 'n at the end$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

Y'u haent &ut 'n his "i##'n$

CLOV %angrily&:

But he isnt !inished, I tell y'u. Fi"st y'u !inish y'u" d' g and then y'u &ut 'n his "i##'n. %*ause.& HAMM: Can he stand+ CLOV: I d'nt kn'($ HAMM: T"y$

%He hands the dog to Clov who places it on the ground.& /ell+

CLOV:

/ait.

%He s(uats down and tries to get the dog to stand on its three legs, fails, lets it go. he dog falls on its side.&

HAMM %impatiently&:

/ell+

CLOV:

2es standing$

HAMM %groping for the dog&:

/he"e+ /he"e is he+

%Clov holds up the dog in a standing position.&

(33)

The"e$

%He takes Hamm0s hand and guides it towards the dog0s head.&

HAMM %his hand on the dog0s head&:

Is he ga5ing at me+

CLOV:

Yes$

HAMM %proudly&:

As i! he (e"e asking me t' take him !'" a (alk+

CLOV:

I! y'u like$

HAMM %as before&:

O" as i! he (e"e #egging me !'" a #'ne$ %He withdraws his hand.&

Leae him like that, standing the"e im&l'"ing me$ %Clov straightens up. he dog falls on its side.&

CLOV:

Ill leae y'u$

HAMM:

2ae y'u had y'u" isi'ns+

CLOV:

Less$

HAMM:

Is )'the" Peggs light 'n+

CLOV:

Light. 2'( c'uld any'nes light #e 'n+

HAMM:

E6tinguished.

CLOV:

 Natu"ally its e6tinguished$ I! its n't 'n its e6tinguished$

HAMM:

 N', I mean )'the" Pegg$

CLOV:

But natu"ally shes e6tinguished. %*ause.&

/hats the matte" (ith y'u t'day+

HAMM:

Im taking my c'u"se$ %*ause.&

Is she #u"ied+

CLOV:

Bu"ied. /h' ('uld hae #u"ied he"+

HAMM:

Y'u$

CLOV:

)e. 2aent I en'ugh t' d' (ith'ut #u"ying &e'&le+

(34)

But y'ull #u"y me$

CLOV:

 N' I ('nt #u"y y'u$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

She (as #'nny 'nce, like a !l'(e" '! the !ield$ %1ith reminiscent leer.&

And a g"eat 'ne !'" the men.

CLOV:

/e t'' (e"e #'nny*'nce$ Its a "a"e thing n't t' hae #een #'nny*'nce$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

%' and get the ga!!$

%Clov goes to the door, halts.&

CLOV:

1' this, d' that, and I d' it$ I nee" "e!use$ /hy+

HAMM:

Y'u"e n't a#le t'$

CLOV:

S''n I ('nt d' it any m'"e$

HAMM:

Y'u ('nt #e a#le t' any m'"e$ %-!it Clov.&

Ah the c"eatu"es, the c"eatu"es, ee"ything has t' #e e6&lained t' them$ %-nter Clov with gaff.&

CLOV:

2e"es y'u" ga!!$ Stick it u&$

%He gives the gaff to Hamm who, wielding it like a puntpole, tries to move his chair.&

HAMM:

1id I m'e+

CLOV:

 N'$

%Hamm throws down the gaff.&

HAMM:

%' and get the 'ilcan$

CLOV:

/hat !'"+

HAMM:

T' 'il the cast'"s$

CLOV:

I 'iled them yeste"day$

HAMM:

Yeste"day. /hat d'es that mean+ Yeste"day.

(35)

That means that #l''dy a(!ul day, l'ng ag', #e!'"e this #l''dy a(!ul day$ I use the ('"ds y'u taught me$ I! they d'nt mean anything any m'"e, teach me 'the"s$ O" let me  #e silent$

%*ause.&

HAMM:

I 'nce kne( a madman (h' th'ught the end '! the ('"ld had c'me$ 2e (as a &ainte"*  and eng"ae"$ I had a g"eat !'ndness !'" him$ I used t' g' and see him, in the asylum$ Id take him #y the hand and d"ag him t' the (ind'($ L''k. The"e. All that "ising c'"n. And the"e. L''k. The sails '! the he""ing !leet. All that l'eliness.

%*ause.&

2ed snatch a(ay his hand and g' #ack int' his c'"ne"$ A&&alled$ All he had seen (as ashes$

%*ause.&

2e al'ne had #een s&a"ed$ %*ause.&

F'"g'tten$ %*ause.&

It a&&ea"s the case is$$$ (as n't s'$$$ s' unusual$

CLOV:

A madman+ /hen (as that+

HAMM:

Oh (ay #ack, (ay #ack, y'u (e"ent in the land '! the liing$

CLOV:

%'d #e (ith th'se days$

%*ause. Hamm raises his to(ue.&

HAMM:

I had a g"eat !'ndness !'" him$

%*ause. He puts on his to(ue again.& 2e (as a &ainte"*and eng"ae"$

CLOV:

The"e a"e s' many te""i#le things$

HAMM:

 N', n', the"e a"e n't s' many n'($ %*ause.&

Cl'.

CLOV:

Yes$

HAMM:

1' y'u n't think this has g'ne 'n l'ng en'ugh+

CLOV:

Yes. %*ause.& /hat+

HAMM:

This$$$ this$$$ thing$

(36)

Ie al(ays th'ught s'$ %*ause.&

Y'u n't+

HAMM %gloomily&:

Then its a day like any 'the" day$

CLOV:

As l'ng as it lasts$ %*ause.&

All li!e l'ng the same inanities$

HAMM:

I cant leae y'u$

CLOV:

I kn'($ And y'u cant !'ll'( me$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

I! y'u leae me h'( shall I kn'(+

CLOV %briskly&:

/ell y'u sim&ly (histle me and i! I d'nt c'me "unning it means Ie le!t y'u$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

Y'u ('nt c'me and kiss me g''d#ye+

CLOV:

Oh I sh'uldnt think s'$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

But y'u might #e me"ely dead in y'u" kitchen$

CLOV:

The "esult ('uld #e the same$

HAMM:

Yes, #ut h'( ('uld I kn'(, i! y'u (e"e me"ely dead in y'u" kitchen+

CLOV:

/ell$$$ s''ne" '" late" Id sta"t t' stink$

HAMM:

Y'u stink al"eady$ The (h'le &lace stinks '! c'"&ses$

CLOV:

The (h'le unie"se$

HAMM %angrily&:

T' hell (ith the unie"se$ %*ause.&

Think '! s'mething$

CLOV:

/hat+

HAMM:

An idea, hae an idea$ %3ngrily.&

(37)

CLOV:

Ah g''d$

%He starts pacing to and fro, his eyes fi!ed on the ground, his hands behind his back. He halts.&

The &ains in my legs. Its un#eliea#le. S''n I ('nt #e a#le t' think any m'"e$

HAMM:

Y'u ('nt #e a#le t' leae me$ %Clov resumes his pacing.& /hat a"e y'u d'ing+

CLOV: 2aing an idea$ %He paces.& Ah. %He halts.& HAMM: /hat a #"ain. %*ause.& /ell+ CLOV: /ait.

%He meditates. /ot very convinced.& Yes$$$

%He raises his head.& I hae it. I set the ala"m$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

This is &e"ha&s n't 'ne '! my #"ight days, #ut !"ankly*

CLOV:

Y'u (histle me$ I d'nt c'me$ The ala"m "ings$ Im g'ne$ It d'esnt "ing$ Im dead$ %*ause.&

HAMM:

Is it ('"king+

%*ause. 'mpatiently.& The ala"m, is it ('"king+

CLOV:

/hy ('uldnt it #e ('"king+

HAMM:

Because its ('"ked t'' much$

CLOV:

But its ha"dly ('"ked at all$

HAMM %angrily&:

Then #ecause its ('"ked t'' little.

CLOV:

Ill g' and see$

%-!it Clov. Brief ring of alarm offstage. -nter Clov with alarm$clock. He holds it against  Hamm0s ear and releases alarm. hey listen to it ringing to the end. *ause.&

(38)

Fit t' (ake the dead. 1id y'u hea" it+

HAMM:

=aguely$

CLOV:

The end is te""i!ic.

HAMM:

I &"e!e" the middle$ %*ause.&

Is is n't time !'" my &ain4kille"+

CLOV:

 N'.

%He goes to door, turns.& Ill leae y'u$

HAMM:

Its time !'" my st'"y$ 1' y'u (ant t' listen t' my st'"y+

CLOV:

 N'$

HAMM:

Ask my !athe" i! he (ants t' listen t' my st'"y$

%Clov goes to bins, raises the lid of /agg0s, stoops, looks into it. *ause. He straightens up.&

CLOV:

2es aslee&$

HAMM:

/ake him$

%Clov stoops, wakes /agg with the alarm. 4nintelligible words. Clov straightens up.&

CLOV:

2e d'esnt (ant t' listen t' y'u" st'"y$

HAMM:

Ill gie him a #'n4#'n$ %Clov stoops. 3s before.&

CLOV:

2e (ants a suga"4&lum$

HAMM:

2ell get a suga"4&lum$ %Clov stoops. 3s before.&

CLOV:

Its a deal$

%He goes towards door. /agg0s hands appear, gripping the rim. hen the head emerges. Clov reaches door, turns.&

1' y'u #eliee in the li!e t' c'me+

HAMM:

)ine (as al(ays that$ %-!it Clov.&

%'t him that time.

(39)

Im listening$

HAMM:

Sc'und"el. /hy did y'u engende" me+

NAGG:

I didnt kn'($

HAMM:

/hat+ /hat didnt y'u kn'(+

NAGG:

That itd #e y'u$ %*ause.&

Y'ull gie me a suga"4&lum+

HAMM:

A!te" the auditi'n$

NAGG: Y'u s(ea"+ HAMM: Yes$ NAGG: On (hat+ HAMM: )y h'n'"$

%*ause. hey laugh heartily.&

NAGG:

T('$

HAMM:

One$

NAGG:

One !'" me and 'ne !'"*

HAMM:

One. Silence. %*ause.& /he"e (as I+ %*ause. Gloomily.&

Its !inished, (e"e !inished$ %*ause.&

 Nea"ly !inished$ %*ause.&

The"ell #e n' m'"e s&eech$ %*ause.&

S'mething d"i&&ing in my head, ee" since the !'ntanelles$ %#tifled hilarity of /agg.&

S&lash, s&lash, al(ays 'n the same s&'t$ %*ause.&

Pe"ha&s its a little ein$ %*ause.&

(40)

%*ause. ore animated.&

En'ugh '! that, its st'"y time, (he"e (as I+ %*ause. /arrative tone.&

The man came c"a(ling t'(a"ds me, 'n his #elly$ Pale, ('nde"!ully &ale and thin, he seemed 'n the &'int '!*

%*ause. /ormal tone.&  N', Ie d'ne that #it$

%*ause. /arrative tone.&

I calmly !illed my &i&e*the mee"schaum, lit it (ith$$$ let us say a esta, d"e( a !e(  &u!!s$ Aah.

%*ause.&

/ell, (hat is it y'u (ant+ %*ause.&

It (as an e6t"a4'"dina"ily #itte" day, I "emem#e", 5e"' #y the the"m'mete"$ But c'nside"ing it (as Ch"istmas Ee the"e (as n'thing$$$ e6t"a4'"dina"y a#'ut that$ Seas'na#le (eathe", !'" 'nce in a (ay$

%*ause.&

/ell, (hat ill (ind #l'(s y'u my (ay+ 2e "aised his !ace t' me, #lack (ith mingled di"t and tea"s$

%*ause. /ormal tone.& That sh'uld d' it$ %/arrative tone.&

 N' n', d'nt l''k at me, d'nt l''k at me$ 2e d"'&&ed his eyes and mum#led s'mething, a&'l'gies I &"esume$

%*ause.&

Im a #usy man, y'u kn'(, the !inal t'uches, #e!'"e the !estiities, y'u kn'( (hat it is$ %*ause. Forcibly.&

C'me 'n n'(, (hat is the '#0ect '! this inasi'n+ %*ause.&

It (as a gl'"i'us #"ight day, I "emem#e", !i!ty #y the heli'mete", #ut al"eady the sun (as sinking d'(n int' the$$$ d'(n am'ng the dead$

%/ormal voice.&  Nicely &ut, that$ %/arrative tone.&

C'me 'n n'(, c'me 'n, &"esent y'u" &etiti'n and let me "esume my la#'"s$ %*ause. /ormal tone.&

The"es English !'" y'u$ Ah (ell$$$ %/arrative tone.&

It (as then he t''k the &lunge$ Its my little 'ne, he said$ Tsstss, a little 'ne, thats #ad$ )y little #'y, he said, as i! the se6 matte"ed$ /he"e did he c'me !"'m+ 2e named the h'le$ A g''d hal!4day, 'n h'"se$ /hat a"e y'u insinuating+ That the &lace is still

inha#ited+ N' n', n't a s'ul, e6ce&t himsel! and the child*assuming he e6isted$ %''d$ I en-ui"ed a#'ut the situati'n at 7', #ey'nd the gul!$ N't a sinne"$ %''d$ And y'u e6&ect me t' #eliee y'u hae le!t y'u" little 'ne #ack the"e, all al'ne, and alie int' the

 #a"gain+ C'me n'(. %*ause.&

(41)

It (as a h'(ling day, I "emem#e", a hund"ed #y the anen'mete"$ The (ind (as tea"ing u& the dead &ines and s(ee&ing them$$$ a(ay$

%*ause. /ormal tone.& A !ee#le #it, that$ %/arrative tone.&

C'me 'n, man, s&eak u&, (hat is it y'u (ant !"'m me, I hae t' &ut u& my h'lly$ %*ause.&

/ell t' make it sh'"t it !inally t"ans&i"ed that (hat he (anted !"'m me (as$$$ #"ead !'" his #"at+ B"ead+ But I hae n' #"ead, it d'esnt ag"ee (ith me$ %''d$ Then &e"ha&s a little c'"n+

%*ause. /ormal tone.& That sh'uld d' it$ %/arrative tone.&

C'"n, yes, I hae c'"n, its t"ue, in my g"ana"ies$ But use y'u" head$ I gie y'u s'me c'"n, a &'und, a &'und and a hal!, y'u #"ing it #ack t' y'u" child and y'u make him*i! hes still alie*a nice &'t '! &'""idge$

%/agg reacts.&

a nice &'t and a hal! '! &'""idge, !ull '! n'u"ishment$ %''d$ The c'l'"s c'me #ack int' his little cheeks*&e"ha&s$ And then+

%*ause.&

I l'st &atience$ %"iolently.&

;se y'u" head, cant y'u, use y'u" head$ Y'u"e 'n ea"th, the"es n' cu"e !'" that. %*ause.&

It (as an e6ceedingly d"y day, I "emem#e", 5e"' #y the hyg"'mete"$ Ideal (eathe", !'" my lum#ag'$

%*ause. "iolently.&

But (hat in %'ds name d' y'u imagine+ That the ea"th (ill a(ake in the s&"ing+ That the "ie"s and seas (ill "un (ith !ish again+ That the"es manna in heaen still !'"

im#eciles like y'u+ %*ause.&

%"adually I c''led d'(n, su!!iciently at least t' ask him h'( l'ng he had taken 'n the (ay$ Th"ee (h'le days$ %''d$ In (hat c'nditi'n he had le!t the child$ 1ee& in slee&$ %Forcibly.&

But dee& in (hat slee&, dee& in (hat slee& al"eady+ %*ause.&

/ell t' make it sh'"t I !inally '!!e"ed t' take him int' my se"ice$ 2e had t'uched a ch'"d$ And then I imagined al"eady that I (asnt much l'nge" !'" this ('"ld$

%He laughs. *ause.& /ell+

%*ause.&

/ell+ 2e"e i! y'u (e"e ca"e!ul y'u might die a nice natu"al death, in &eace and c'm!'"t$ %*ause.&

/ell+ %*ause.&

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%*ause.&

It (as the m'ment I (as (aiting !'"$ %*ause.&

/'uld I c'nsent t' take in the child$$$ %*ause.&

I can see him still, d'(n 'n his knees, his hands !lat 'n the g"'und, gla"ing at me (ith his mad eyes, in de!iance '! my (ishes$

%*ause. /ormal tone.&

Ill s''n hae !inished (ith this st'"y$ %*ause.&

;nless I #"ing in 'the" cha"acte"s$ %*ause.&

But (he"e ('uld I !ind them+ %*ause.&

/he"e ('uld I l''k !'" them+ %*ause. He whistles. -nter Clov.& Let us &"ay t' %'d$

NAGG:

)e suga"4&lum.

CLOV:

The"es a "at in the kitchen.

HAMM:

A "at. A"e the"e still "ats+

CLOV:

In the kitchen the"es 'ne$

HAMM:

And y'u haent e6te"minated him+

CLOV:

2al!$ Y'u distu"#ed us$

HAMM:

2e cant get a(ay+

CLOV:

 N'$

HAMM:

Y'ull !inish him late"$ Let us &"ay t' %'d$

CLOV: Again. NAGG: )e suga"4&lum. HAMM: %'d !i"st. %*ause.&

A"e y'u "ight+

CLOV %resigned&:

O!! (e g'$

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